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A So-So Horror Remake
And Soon The Darkness (2011) (DVD)
Member Name: cazkins
And Soon The Darkness (2011) (DVD)
Advantages: A film for a horror movie night, Heard was okay in her role
Disadvantages: No awards for acting, rushed ending, lacked depth
I hadn't heard much about this so I just went by the picture on the cover and the blurb on the back; it sounded, and was much like, the run of the mill trashy horror that I expected.
And Soon The Darkness 2011 is actually a remake of the original 1970's British flick (same title). This 'classic thriller' was directed by Brian Clemens (who has worked on a few things in terms of writing/direction, though I hadn't heard of them before). The basic premise is that two girls are cycling around some rural roads in Argentina on holiday when things take a turn for the worse. There's a guy who introduces himself as a friendly, yet strange, American, and then there are tales of an unsolved murder and a killer still at large, perhaps in that very area.
I won't say any more on the plot, but it's your standard two pretty girls meet a killer kind of scenario. Then one of the girls go missing. The differences between the original and remake are mostly in terms of setting and cast; the former was set in France with British girls taking the lead, whereas the latter uses Argentina as its backdrop with American girls taking the lead. I can't say much on quality comparisons as I don't think I've seen the original, or if I have then I've forgotten it, much like I've forgotten a lot about the remake only a few hours after watching it.
The cast includes Amber Heard and Odette Annable as the lead girls on holiday, and Karl Urban as Michael (aka the too-friendly American who hangs around a little too much). Whilst Heard was actually quite good in her role, I don't think there would be any awards for acting in this flick. It was still watchable, but only in the sense that this is a fairly senseless horror that lacked a real depth of characters or atmosphere. I didn't think the character development was built as solidly as it could have been and this dragged down the ability to empathise or identify, which had a negative effect on the overall atmosphere.
What really irks me about these American rehashes is the clichéd feel to it, the predictability and the almost inevitable factor of pretty girls who happen to lose some of their clothes. The fear factor was there a small bit, but I think I've acclimatised too much to these sorts of films, so I wasn't too surprised by the turn of events that started to unfold. I definitely didn't find myself feeling much in the way of suspense or shocks, so I did end up getting quite bored by it.
The storyline itself aside, the film was somewhat slow to take off. The tension was built ok, but it could have been better given a better script. The ending was a bit disappointing, leaving the film with an overall feeling of being a bit rushed and not too great in terms of quality.
Overall, this doesn't offer anything new and I didn't find it particularly interesting to watch, but if you want a mind-numbing horror that doesn't involve having to think too much then this is perhaps one to zone out to. I personally won't be watching this again but I'd be interested to watch the original and see which offers more than just the basics of a standard horror.
Released 2011, rated Certificate 15
Selling on Amazon for £7.89
Summary: I didn't expect much from this film and that's what I got; it's a so-so horror